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Post Doctoral Fellow - Forestry and Environmental Conservation

Clemson University
258 Lehotsky Hall, Clemson, SC

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Post Doctoral Fellow - Forestry and Environmental Conservation

258 Lehotsky Hall, Clemson, SC
Open Date:
Dec 20, 2023

We are seeking an exceptional post-doctoral researcher to join our research group that is focused on several large collaborative projects related to carnivore community dynamics. The postdoc will be based in the lab group of Dr. David Jachowski within the Department of Forestry and Environmental Conservation at Clemson University (, where lab members are currently studying carnivore ecology in a variety of systems globally, and leading efforts to design effective conservation and restoration strategies. In particular, we are searching for applicants with a strong background and interest in current lab focal research topics of how large carnivores impact carnivores (and their prey) at lower trophic levels. We expect the post-doc to develop questions with lab members, as well as with existing collaborators both nationally and internationally. While we emphasize that there is flexibility in the specific projects the post-doc will prioritize working on, the most pressing project involve leading a global meta-analyses of existing data carnivore community data, finishing analyses and reporting on existing field data from studies of predator-prey dynamics, and more generally working with a global network of colleagues working on a conceptual framework for understanding carnivore community dynamics.

Regardless of the questions evaluated, it is expected that the post-doc will submit multiple publications to peer-reviewed journals annually. In addition to research, there is the potential to mentor and collaborate with graduate and undergraduate students, and to gain experience in grant writing. Further, while the position is based at Clemson, this position will plug the applicant into a vibrant network of experts from around the globe that could provide long-term opportunities for collaborations.

Clemson University is the largest public land grant university in the state of South Carolina and was recently designated an R1 institution. Clemson is a small town located in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains and along the shores of Lake Hartwell. Campus is surrounded by the 17,500-acre Clemson Experimental Forest, providing abundant opportunities for recreation, research and education.


A PhD in wildlife biology, ecology or a related field by time of application. Applicants must also have a demonstrated record of publication in peer-reviewed journals, including at least one first author publication. Evidence of strong communication skills, past experience in working with diverse colleagues, and management and analysis of large datasets is highly valued in ranking applicants. Strong writing and quantitative skills are required, particularly as it relates to spatial modelling and analyzing animal community ecology. Experience using program R and working with large datasets is a plus.

Application Instructions:

Please submit the following documents to interfolio at:

1. A cover letter

2. CV

3. A representative writing sample

4. An unofficial transcript from PhD granting institution

5. Contact information for at least 3 references.

This position will remain open until filled but for full consideration please apply by January 5, 2024.

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement:
Clemson University is an AA/EEO employer and does not discriminate against any person or group on the basis of age, color, disability, gender, pregnancy, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation, veteran status or genetic information. Clemson University is building a culturally diverse faculty and staff committed to working in a multicultural environment and encourages applications from minorities and women.


Working at Clemson University

Clemson is a dynamic research university located in Upstate South Carolina at the center of the booming I-85 corridor between Charlotte, N.C., and Atlanta, Ga. One of the nation’s most selective public research universities according to U.S. News & World Report and The Princeton Review, Clemson University is the school of choice among top students in South Carolina and is increasingly competitive for the best students in the region and the nation. More than 17,100 students select from 70 undergraduate and 100 graduate degree programs through five academic colleges: Agriculture, Forestry and Life SciencesArchitecture, Arts and HumanitiesBusiness and Behavioral ScienceEngineering and Science; and Health, Education and Human Development.

Clemson’s transformation into a leading research institution — currently attracting in excess of $140 million in externally funded research and sponsored program awards per year — is based upon an academic plan that identifies eight emphasis areas in which the University has opportunities to increase education and research, to align with South Carolina’s economic development needs and to draw upon faculty strengths. Emphasis areas include automotive and transportation technology, advanced materials, biotechnology and biomedical sciences, leadership and entrepreneurship, sustainable environment, information and communication technology, family and community living, and general education.

Major economic development initiatives that have emerged from the academic plan include the Clemson International Center for Automotive Research — a 250-acre campus in Greenville, which has generated more than $225 million in public and private commitments in just four years; an advanced materials initiative at the Clemson Research Park, which includes a new LEED Silver-certified facility; and the South Carolina Health Sciences Collaborative — an initiative of the state’s three research universities and major health-care systems.

As the state’s land-grant university, Clemson reaches out to citizens, communities and businesses all over South Carolina. The Public Service Activities division includes the county-based Cooperative Extension Service, five off-campus research and education centers through the Clemson University Experiment Station and critical regulatory responsibilities for plant and animal health.

The University boasts a 1,400-acre campus on the shores of Lake Hartwell within view of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Surrounding the campus are 18,000 acres of University farms and woodlands devoted to research. A warm campus environment, great weather and recreational activities offered by proximity to both the natural surroundings and large cities are part of the Clemson Experience.


Points of interest at Clemson include the following:

The Clemson Conference Center and Inn is a state-of-the-art facility for symposia, meetings, seminars and special events. The complex includes the Madren Continuing Education and Conference Center, the Walker Golf Course and the Martin Inn.

The South Carolina Botanical Garden, a 295-acre public garden, features several thousand varieties of ornamental plants and a unique collection of nature-based sculptures.

The Robert Howell Brooks Center for the Performing Arts brings an exciting array of concert, theater, dance, comedy and other live performances to the community.

The Robert Campbell Geology Museum at the Botanical Garden displays meteorites, minerals, dinosaur fossils and the largest faceted-stone collection in the Southeast.

The T. Ed Garrison Livestock Arena is a showplace for livestock activities in the state and has hosted horse and livestock shows, rodeos, sales, 4-H activities, educational programs, and industrial and agricultural exhibitions.

Fort Hill, the home of John C. Calhoun and later of his son-in-law, University founder Thomas Green Clemson, is a registered National Historic Landmark located in the center of campus.

The Class of 1944 Visitors Center is the front door to Clemson — a friendly place to get tours, information, assistance and an introduction to this beautiful, historic university and community.

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